(CMR) Governor Martyn Roper said he hopes everyone will put politics aside and celebrate Alden McLaughlin, who received Knighthood in Her Majesty the Queen's New Year Honours List. Mr. McLaughlin is the second Caymanian to be conferred with the honor.
“I hope that everyone on our islands will put politics to one side today and join with me in recognizing that this is an excellent day for Cayman. It is an achievement we can all celebrate,” Governor Roper said.
Mr. Roper explained that former Premier Alden Mclaughlin receives a Knighthood (KCMG) from Her Majesty for his services to the people of the Cayman Islands.
“This is an outstanding personal achievement for former Premier McLaughlin, one of the most important and impactful political leaders in Cayman over the last 21 years. It is a significant moment for our islands,” he said.
“This historic award is only the second-ever Knighthood to a Caymanian since the first in the 1990s. It is a strong signal of the respect in which Cayman is held and a visible demonstration of the progress Cayman has made as a vibrant democracy with strong good governance foundations.”
Mr. Roper also congratulated all those who have received awards from Her Majesty the Queen. He said he was pleased to confer a Certificate and Badge of Honour on several members of the community who have excelled in their fields.
“I also congratulate Ms. Lucille Seymour (For services to Sport, Education and the people of the Cayman Islands) and Ms. Sharon Smith (for services to the former Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands) who received MBEs and Mrs. Natalie Coleman (For services to Arts and Culture in the Cayman Islands and wider region) who received a BEM from Her Majesty in recognition of their outstanding contributions in their fields,” he said.
Mr. Roper said 2021 had been another trying year, and many people have delivered exemplary service to the community.
He said the 44 people recognized for their work during the COVID- 19 pandemic were involved in the early operations of Travel Cayman, played key roles in developing the Government’s Phased Reopening of the Borders Plan, and delivered the Public Health response.
‘This list includes people from all three Islands, which I believe is a first for Cayman. I am also pleased to make some awards for services rendered to the financial services sector and the media for the outstanding contribution made by these sectors during the global pandemic,” the Governor said.
He announced awards to the following individuals in recognition of their exceptional service:
For meritorious services rendered during the COVID Pandemic:
Mr. Albert Anderson, CEO, Cayman Islands Airport Authority
Mrs. Mary Rodrigues, Chief Advisor, Office of the Deputy Governor
Ms. Cetonya Cacho, Chief Officer, Ministry of Education
Mr. Stran Bodden, Chief Officer, Ministry of Tourism and Transport
Mrs. Christine Rowlands, Head of Governor’s Office
Mr. Matthew Hylton, Acting Deputy Chief Advisor, Office of the Deputy Governor
Ms. Sarah Murphy, Senior Advisor, Office of the Deputy Governor
Ms. Kara Coe, Programme Manager, Office of the Deputy Governor
Ms. Tiffani Straker, Senior Advisor, Office of the Deputy Governor
Mr. Jason Webster, Deputy Chief Officer, Cabinet Office
Mrs. Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism
Mrs. Jondo Obi, Director, Cayman Islands Red Cross
Mr. Dan Haydon, Business Relationship Manager, Computer Services.
Mrs. Nicoela McCoy, Deputy Director-General, Civil Aviation Authority
Mrs. Kimberly Bullings, Clerk of the Cabinet
Royal Cayman Islands Police Service
Inspector Roje Williams
Customs and Border Control
Mr. Ezron Anderson, Acting Assistant Director CBC
Ms. Gina Matthews, Manager, Public Relations Services, Ministry of Tourism And Transport
Ms. Oneisha Richards, Director of Internal Communications
Cayman Islands Airports Authority
Ms. Bianca Moore Downey, Chief Commercial Officer
Mr. Andrew McLaughlin, Chief Safety Management Officer
Mr. Alvin Haylock, Customer Service Officer
Department of Environmental Health
Mr. Derrick Williams, Environmental Health Officer
Travel Cayman (Operational Team)
Mr. Oshane Johnson, Supervisor, Tech Department- Cayman Islands Regiment
Ms. Paulette Johnson, Manager, Private Flight Specialist, Cayman Airways
Ms. Dawn Manderson, Manager, Travel Management, Cayman Airways
For legal services rendered to the Cayman Islands Government
Ms. Elizabeth Lees, Attorney
Health Services Authority
Mr. Steven Duval, EMS Manager
Mr. Jonathan Smellie, Forensic Analyst
Ms. Carvell Bailey, Community Health Nurse
Ms. Nola Sanderson, Executive Secretary
Ms. Carissa Mclaughlin, Business Coordinator
Mr. Timothy Mclaughlin, Public Health Surveillance Officer
Ms. Ralston Dilbert, Support Services Manager, Faith Hospital, Cayman Brac
Nurse Charmaine Coore, Little Cayman
Nurse Kedine Hyde, Cayman Community Health Nurse, Faith Hospital, Cayman Brac
Ms. Barbara Nelson, Appointment Clerk
Ms. Suzette Steward, Nurse Manager, Faith Hospital, Cayman Brac
For services rendered to the Government and people of the Cayman Islands
Mr. B. L. ‘Mark’ Tibbetts Jr, District Commissioner, Cayman Brac
For services rendered to the Public Service Pension Board and the People of the Cayman Islands
Mrs. Jewel Evans Lindsey, Chief Executive Officer, Public Service Pensions Board
For services rendered to the Financial Industry
Ms. Sheree Ebanks, Chief Executive Officer, Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants
Mr. Jude Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Cayman Finance
For services rendered to broadcasting
Ms. Norma McField, Director of Broadcasting, Radio Cayman
For services rendered to the media and charitable organizations
Ms. Victoria Wheaton, journalist